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Old 29th August 2003, 02:26 AM   #1
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Question Sonotube (Formatube) supplier

Trying to track down some sonotube (or formatube as it know in aus) in Brisbane (Australia), does anyone know of a supplier?
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Old 31st May 2004, 07:28 AM   #2
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Hi Guys,

I hope it's not against protocol to dig up old threads...

Anyway, I know Jye got his off Boral, But I'm in Sydney, and trying to find some.

Has anyone in Sydney had any luck? I have tried a few Boral offices here, but none know about this stuff, or if they do, they don't know where I can go and get it.

Our local big hardware chain here is Bunnings, but they don't stock it.

Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old 1st June 2004, 12:28 AM   #3
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Just make sure that you get the genuine Sonotube, or something like it.

Over here, lots of hardware chains stock cardboard forms for concrete, but they are far too flimsy to use for loudspeaker enclosures.

This pdf gives you the wall thickness of Sonotube:
http://www.sonoco.com/resources/fibreforms.pdf

Another part of the site gives an email for a local distributor. If he is not the international distributor, he should be able to tell you who is:
mitch.ingram@sonoco.com

Since Sonoco makes lots of stuff, be sure to specify Sonotube in your message. Good luck.
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Old 1st June 2004, 12:33 AM   #4
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Hi Ross,

Its tuff stuff to track down, did you try Boral Formwork & Scaffolding?

Another good source is construction sites. The other day I saw a piece about 1m in diameter and in length on the side of the road, I was about to take it but there was no way I was going to get away without someone seeing me trying to stuff it in the back of my laser ....it would have made a great table sub

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Old 1st June 2004, 04:34 AM   #5
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I spoke with Boral (Glenn - really helpful guy - even warned me about the wax coating) today, to their Head Office of sorts at Revesby (NSW). They advised that the minimum diametre they stock of Formatube is 250mm.

A 3 metre lenth of 500mm diametre is AUS$102.16 + GST (10%).
Delivery would be an extra $60, but I might be able to borrow a mate's hatchback and fold all the seats down and stick it out the back hatch.

The guy was really nice...he laughed when I said it was for a subwoofer...he said it was the third enquiry recently about the stuff for that purpose.
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Old 1st June 2004, 05:20 AM   #6
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Hi,

I'm building a sonotube at the moment and have purchased from Melbourne just the other week. The guy from formatube reiterated that they are the sole distributor of this 'Formatube' who have their office in Melbourne. It actually has 'by Sonotube' no the exterior.

The website is http://www.thetubeworks.com.au/forma.htm

I was going suggest that you email them and ask who the distributor in Sydney and Brisbane is? Cost if they're supplying it to construction firms all over Aus they're bound to have distributors in the major capitals.

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Old 1st June 2004, 06:06 AM   #7
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Hi Ross,

Its tuff stuff to track down, did you try Boral Formwork & Scaffolding?

Another good source is construction sites. The other day I saw a piece about 1m in diameter and in length on the side of the road, I was about to take it but there was no way I was going to get away without someone seeing me trying to stuff it in the back of my laser ....it would have made a great table sub

Good luck
Jye
That would have been an offcut of which I'm sure they would have liked you helping them with their rubbish
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Old 1st June 2004, 11:31 AM   #8
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The website is http://www.thetubeworks.com.au/forma.htm

I was going suggest that you email them and ask who the distributor in Sydney and Brisbane is? Cost if they're supplying it to construction firms all over Aus they're bound to have distributors in the major capitals.

Cheers
Rod
Well, at first I had the sizing wrong (I was saying 50cm diametre, and they were saying "nah, smallest we got is 250", but he was talking in millimetres - stupid me), and it was actually suggested to contact Tubeworks.

I was told that during an industrial dispute, this guy did a client a favour, and had product couriered up from Tubeworks in Victoria, to Sydney, and it was worth the cost of the courier.

I'll have to contact them and see if they do in fact have a distributor in Sydney.

Incidentally, what size did you get, and if I may ask, how much was it from Tubeworks? 3 metre minimum?
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Old 1st June 2004, 02:01 PM   #9
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We had a good look for offcuts - of which he was going to give me a good price but the longest bit we could find was 500mm which wasn't long enough for me.

So he cut a metre off a 4m length (they can still sell 3m lengths).

It was $50 for the metre - a premium but there were no offcuts! It was 508mm diameter. I'm building a 122L (Q .707) sealed 15" Tempest sub. Pics will be following shortly on this site somewhere, I'm up to laminating the top piece.

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I'm curious to see how those little spikey nuts work for you. I have the same annoyance with T-nuts coming loose.
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